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INDIGENOUS / May 2014

THE VANISHING TATTOOS OF THE KALINGA TRIBESWOMEN

Photography by Jake Verzosa
Text by Sophie Pinchetti

If you travel the world in the search of the rarest tattoos, you will inevitably arrive here: deep in the misty Cordillera mountains of the northern Philippines. This is the birthplace of the Kalinga headhunter’s tattoo and home to the Kalinga tribe. Over hundreds of years, the art of tattooing has played an essential part of their culture. Still proudly worn by the elder generations of Kalinga men and women, today, this ancestral tattoo is now on the brink of extinction.
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